UN Says Six Civilians Killed In Rebel Attack On C.Africa Village

The UN peacekeeping mission says Rebels have killed six civilians and wounded several others Saturday in an attack on a village in the northeast of the volatile Central African Republic.

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The UN peacekeeping mission says Rebels have killed six civilians and wounded several others Saturday in an attack on a village in the northeast of the volatile Central African Republic.

A spokesman for the UN’s 12,000-strong MINUSCA mission said at dawn elements from the 3R (Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation) launched a large-scale attack against C.African army positions in the village of Mann.

He said that Six civilians were killed and several wounded but added that the situation is under control and patrols are under way.

The 3R, a rebel group composed of members from the Funali ethnic group, is one of several such outfits flourishing in the violence-wracked country.

CAR is the second least-developed country in the world according to the UN and is still suffering from the aftermath of a brutal civil conflict that erupted in 2013.

It has been wracked by coups and decades of misrule by dictators since its 1960 independence from France.

President Faustin Archange Touadera was re-elected in December on a turnout of fewer than one in three voters.

The ballot was hampered by armed groups — including the 3R — that at the time controlled around two-thirds of the country, and rebels mounted an offensive in the runup to polling day.

Since then, the army, backed by UN peacekeepers, Rwandan special forces and Russian paramilitaries, has wrested much of the territory from rebel control.

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